Mariners’ next order of business? Pick up All-Star Yusei Kikuchi’s option

Yusei Kikuchi has been the Mariners’ top starting pitcher in 2021. (Getty)

The MLB trade deadline is approaching, but when it comes to an important move the Seattle Mariners need to make, Dave “The Groz” Grosby is looking a few months further into the future.

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That would be the four-year team option waiting after this season for left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, who was just named an MLB All-Star for the first time in his career on Sunday.

“Some said it was too early or too much. Well, I beg to differ,” The Groz said in his latest edition of Just a Minute for 710 ESPN…

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